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  • Blog Post: Food for Thought - OpsMgr Group Calculation Polling Interval

    Group membership calculation in Operations Manager is scheduled for every 30 seconds by default. For enterprise deployments, we recommend increasing the discovery interval to 15 minutes or greater. When increasing the frequency, you must take into account how it can influence some of the following behavior...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2010 Reports MP Bug

    A couple of fellow colleagues in MCS (Paul Bishop & Jason Rydstrand) a while back had identified a significant bug in the latest version of the Exchange 2010 management pack, which will cause severe growth of two tables in the data warehouse DB in an enterprise deployment of Exchange 2010 and Operations...
  • Blog Post: Extended SQL Server MP Released on OpsManJam

    As promised, I finally finished and submitted the Extended SQL Server 2005/2008 Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007 and it is now available for download on OpsManJam . This management pack augments the existing Microsoft SQL Server 2005/2008 management pack by monitoring for the following...
  • Blog Post: Clarification - ACS Reporting

    This is an entry I have been meaning to write for a couple of weeks now. But I have been really busy and I finally found some free time to write to my hearts content. In a prior blog entry, I provided steps on importing the ACS Reports after you install the ACS Collector component in your Management...
  • Blog Post: Active Directory Management Pack - Replication Monitoring Account Permissions

    I have been monitoring some of the blogs lately in the management community and came across some entries around guiding customers with respect to properly configuring the Run As account for the Replication Monitoring Rule in the Active Directory Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007. Unfortunately...
  • Blog Post: Error With the AEM Group Policy Administrative Template

    So I was working with Operations Manager 2007 in my lab environment here at home, and since I have a few Windows Vista clients I thought I would enable Agentless Exception Monitoring (AEM) on the Management Server. Well that process went fine and the share where the clients would copy the error reports...
  • Blog Post: Moving the Health Service State Store

    So yesterday a question was presented internally between my colleagues and I with respect to a situation a colleague was facing. Suppose by chance you are installing the first management server, which happens to be the Root Management Server, in the management group and you install it to the %SystemDrive...
  • Blog Post: Operations Manager Reporting - Resolving Those Errors

    Sometimes working with Operations Manager Reporting and SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services can be a bit frustrating or challenging because the error displayed are often ambiguous. Some common situations I have come across are the following (including the solution): Operations Manager 2007 Reporting...
  • Blog Post: Operations Manager 2007 Service Pack 1 - RTM

    Today the product group has announced that Operations Manager 2007 Service Pack 1 has officially RTM'd and has been released to the web. You can download the upgrade package from here - http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=ede38d83-32d1-46fb-8b6d-78fa1dcb3e85&DisplayLang=en and...
  • Blog Post: Update to moving OperationsManager Database Steps

    It was discovered by some of my colleagues, that when they completed the steps to move the OperationsManager database from one SQL Server computer to another, several events are written to the Application Event Log. An example of those events is: Event Type: Error Event Source: MSSQLSERVER Event Category...
  • Blog Post: Finished - SQL Log Shipping Configuration Guide

    I just submitted to Chris Fox for review and posting on the OpsManJam site, the guide "System Center Operations Manager 2007 Configure SQL Server Log Shipping Guide for Operations Manager 2007 Operational Database" that I have been working on in my spare time. This guide currently only covers the implementation...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2007 SP1 Management Pack for MOM 2005 Released

    Today we released the Exchange 2007 SP1 management pack for MOM 2005 to MS downloads: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=30EEBC7C-A35A-41AE-9CD1-2047847FDE85&displaylang=en In this MP, you’ll find: · Renamed some event rules to better reflect their purpose · Improved...
  • Blog Post: New System Center Operations Manager 2007 Webcasts Available

    New webcasts for Operations Manager 2007 have been posted up on http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/mom/opsmgr/webcasts.mspx covering topics from client monitoring configuration, authoring transition for MOM 2005 MP authors, AD integration, and much more. There are now 25 videos to help you...
  • Blog Post: Verifying MP Workflow on Agent

    So I have finally found some free time to devote to updating my blog this evening. Today as I was giving a presentation at my customer regarding Management Pack Lifecycle Management, they approached me with some good questions on the topic. Specifically around "how do I verify 1) that the MP imported...
  • Blog Post: ADMP 2003/2008 - Default Unit Monitor Config

    As promised and avaialble for download, here is the Excel spreadsheet from MPViewe that I edited to provide a breakdown of all the Unit Monitors in the Active Directory management pack. While the attached spreadsheet is specific to Active Directory version 2003, it also applies to 2008. If you find...
  • Blog Post: Scoping an Alert View to a Specific Alert

    A customer the other day e-mailed me and asked how he could scope a view in the Operations console to a specific alert. In this scenario it was the "Database Backup Failed to Complete" alert from the SQL Server management pack and the view would be presented to the SQL DB Admins team. This is a pretty...
  • Blog Post: What's New These Days?

    I realize that it has been some time since I have posted a blog entry, as trying to find time has been a challenge for me these days. Some things I have been working on and plan on sharing shortly on my blog are: Custom management pack that focuses on performance monitoring of the SQL Servers that...
  • Blog Post: Release Management 101

    Commonly I come across a scenario with customers where they focus on implementing MOM/OpsMgr, yet do not think about process in relation to the tools. A prime example with Operations Manager or MOM is with Management Packs and Release Management - Plan, Build, Test, Review and Deploy (simply speaking...
  • Blog Post: Extended Exchange 2010 Management Pack released on TechNet Gallery

    Today I published on the TechNet Gallery, a custom management pack for providing additional montoring of Exchange Server 2010 with Operations Manager 2007 R2 and 2012. The following new features are new in this release of the Extended Exchange Server 2010 Management Pack: Includes performance...
  • Blog Post: Installing a OpsMgr Server Component to drive other than C: - can't?

    Here is a question that I see come up from time to time that I thought deserved some focus. Let's say you are looking to scale out your management group and install an additional management server, install a new gateway server, or maybe install the console locally (an exception of this scenario is the...
  • Blog Post: System Center Operations Manager 2007 Resource Kit Tools Released

    The first wave of resource kit tools supporting System Center Operations Manager 2007 have been released to the download center on Microsoft.com. There are eight (8) tools that you can download today, and they are: Sample Vista Gadget - http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=0f5a060b...
  • Blog Post: Local Certificate Created on Agent Managed Device

    So the other day I was presented with a question from my customer that I found interesting and did not have an immediate answer for. The question was, "why does Operations Manager 2007 create a certificate in the local store on an agent managed device?" I was curious myself since all agent managed devices...
  • Blog Post: New Releases for Operations Manager 2007

    This week we released the Windows Vista Client Monitoring Management Pack. This new management pack is built on the Windows Diagnostics Infrastructure in Windows Vista that detects, diagnoses and tries to resolve hardware and software problems. Information and analysis on the issues that the system detected...
  • Blog Post: Run As Profiles in Operations Manager 2007 R2

    One of the new features of R2 that hasn't received any attention yet (at least to my knowledge) is how we changed the functionality of Run As Profiles. Today in Operations Manager 2007, you associate a RunAs Account for a particular RunAs Profile on a specific computer. Pretty straight forward and if...
  • Blog Post: ADMP and Tuning for Performance Reports

    The latest Active Directory management pack deployment guide has a small section entitled "Enabling or Disabling Performance Data for Reports" and it was generating some good dialog internally between some colleagues and the product group. This section recommends that you disable the Performance monitor...